Bio Azul, Peru
Bio Azul was launched in early 2003 in a joint effort between Cafetelera Amazonica and 14 coffee farmers in the community of San Juan, in Central Peru, who met to discuss how to work together to improve farming practices, productivity and coffee quality. Bio Azul has grown steadily and now includes over 700 active coffee members scattered across two main regions (Cusco and Junín) with a total area of over 3000 hectares, producing an estimated 26,800 bags of Organic, CAFÉ Practices, UTZ Certified and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee.
In 2012 Cafetelera Amazonica will launch the Bio Azul Cocoa Division in the regions of Cusco and Junín as well as incorporate two additional regions, San Martin and Huánuco, in both coffee and cocoa. As the technical assistance programs for coffee and cocoa develop more farmers continue to join the program in an effort to improve their farming abilities and improve their family income.
In addition to the growth of Bio Azul, Cafetalera Amazonica has begun developing strategic partnerships with organizations who share in the mission to serve small scale cocoa farmers of Peru. Signing their first strategic alliance with Lutheran World Relief in February 2012, the joint effort will include working in Huánuco to certify 500 cocoa farmers in UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification.
Alliances in Peru continue to grow in an effort to serve the expanding number of small scale farmers working in cocoa and this year expects to reach over 1000 beneficiaries.